Albertone / Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids – The 1972 animated series
Albertone (original American title: Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids) is a cartoon television series produced in the United States in the seventies, created and narrated by Bill Cosby. The series was broadcast in Italy in 1986 and was repeated in subsequent years. The plot revolves around Albertone, a very fat and nice boy, involved in numerous adventures with his friends and learning numerous life lessons in the time spent. The series is characterized by a high humorous content and a friendly and inclusive setting.
The series was produced by Bill Cosby and Filmation, with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock composing the show's music. The series ran for 12 years, with 110 complete episodes of 30 minutes each. Main characters include Albertone, Rudy, Russell, Bill, Mushmouth, Weird Harold, Dumb Donald, Mudfoot, Bucky and host Bill Cosby.
The series was replicated in Italy on various television networks, including Rai 1, Canale 5 and Cooltoon. She has been dubbed into Italian with a talented voice cast, including Luigi Montini, Oreste Baldini, Claudia Balboni and many others. Albertone also had a film adaptation in 2004, distributed by 20th Century Fox.
The series has become popular among African-American audiences and has received numerous citations and references in other media, such as in South Park, The Simpsons, The Fairly OddParents, and Scrubs. Its colossal analysis of at least 7-8 years followed by the even intermittent vision of at least 8-9 and ends with fun. The series represents a significant testimony to the culture and world of cartoons of the seventies and eighties.
Albertone (Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids) is a cartoon television series created, produced and narrated by Bill Cosby, in collaboration with Filmation and Bill Cosby Productions. The series has 110 episodes spread over 8 seasons, lasting 30 minutes each. The first broadcast in the United States took place on 9 September 1972, while in Italy it was broadcast for the first time in 1986 on Rai 1. The series falls into the humor and comedy genre.
The plot follows the events of Albertone, an obese and friendly boy involved in numerous adventures with his friends, learning life lessons over time. The group also forms the musical band Junkyard, whose members play instruments made from recycled objects. Bill Cosby appears in person as a narrator between the various animated sequences.
The series was also broadcast in Italy on Canale 5 in 1996 and repeated on Cooltoon starting in 2007. Albertone's popularity was notable, particularly among the African-American population.
The series had an Italian dubbing by well-known actors on the Italian scene, such as Luigi Montini in the role of Albertone and Bill Cosby.
Albertone also inspired a film produced by 20th Century Fox in 2004 entitled “My Big Fat Friend Albert.” The film tells the story of Albertone and his gang who end up in the real world, looking for a way to return home.
Albertone / Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids